Monday, July 1, 2013

Totem Soup Tech News - Firefox OS

Firefox OS (also referred to by its codename "Boot to Gecko" or "B2G") is Mozilla's open source mobile operating system based on Linux and Mozilla's Gecko technology.The entire user interface is a Web app, one that is capable of displaying and launching other Web apps. Any modifications you make to the user interface and any applications you create to run on Firefox OS are Web pages, albeit with enhanced access to the mobile device's hardware and services. This alone makes development of apps and modifications easy as pie for the tech savvy, and will allow for a diverse application database that will quickly grow due to this ease of development.

They are developing an installable version as well for other android devices. My favorite thing about this is the buttons on your phone will keep their functionality and some will change because the functions they had in android are no there or not needed. Here is the current advertised button layout:

    Buttons and controls

Home button
This button is generally centered below the screen. Pressing it will return you to the app launcher. Holding it down opens the card switching view; swiping up on an app in that view will terminate it.
Volume control rocker
Pressing the top half of the rocker increases the audio volume and pressing the bottom half decreases the volume.
Power button
The power button is at the top right corner of the device.

“We believe that smartphones need to be more open and that the Web is the platform for making this possible," said Jose Maria Alvarez Palette, Telef√≥nica's chief operating officer. "Consumers should not be locked to any one system but have the choice to consume the content they want and the flexibility to be able to take it with them when they change devices." Strong Words I say, but I am still skeptical myself due to all of the mobile OS's currently available and their lack of full customization without going to extremes.

This and Ubuntu's mobile OS's are currently on my watch list. Be sure to enjoy the video below from the folks over at Mozilla!